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World’s First Pre-Crash Side External Airbag Introduced

World’s First Pre-Crash Side External Airbag Introduced

World’s First Pre-Crash Side External Airbag Introduced

World’s First Pre-Crash Side External Airbag for cars has just been Introduced. A prototype of a pre-crash safety system has been developed by a German Company that takes approximately 150 milliseconds to make the decision before a collision to deploy the exterior side airbag and fill it. That is the amount of time a normal person takes to blink. It provides an additional crosswise crumple zone, to help save lives and will reduce the amount of risk and severity of injury by up to 40 percent. The whole process works systematically where the airbag is connected to the vehicle’s sensor systems and the algorithms that have especially been developed that can determine if a crash is about to happen and decide whether or not to deploy the airbag.

How does the whole system work

According to ZF’s press release dated June 05th, 2019 it was the biggest challenge during the development of this system that the whole mechanism works smoothly and flawlessly while a car is about to hit, the system has to recognize accurately it and it has to take the decision whether to deploy the external side airbag prior to the collision takes place or not. The whole system works with the inbuilt cameras, radar, and lidar in the car.

These side airbags have a capacity between 280 and 400 liters which is five to eight times more the volume of a driver’s airbag (depending on the vehicle) inflates upwards from the side sill to create a supplementary crumple zone in the door area between the A and C pillars.

External Side Airbag Test-
External Side Airbag Test-

How does it reduce the Risk of Injury

During a side impact crash, the passengers on that specific side of the impact are at severe risk of injuries. This pre-crash safety system would decrease the ratio of penetration of the obtrusive vehicle by up to 30 percent which will help to considerably reduce the risk of injury to passengers.

The predictive information system also helps the passengers to get in a safe position with fractions of a second before the life-threatening collision which additionally improves the efficiency of standard safety technology. For instance, the Active Control Retractor (ACR8) can warn the passenger or help.

Let us see when this technology is available for International Manufacturers to use. We hope our local manufacturers also adopt the International Safty Standards to decrease the rate of deaths and fatal injuries during accidents in the countries.

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